Voters support many school levies across Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Voters approved 74 percent of school issues on Ohio's ballots on Tuesday, helping some districts avoid cuts to programs and services.

The Westerville schools in suburban Columbus had planned to eliminate sports teams, bands and programs for gifted students. The Columbus Dispatch reports a levy victory from voters there will prevent those cuts and spare an estimated 221 jobs from being eliminated.

An analysis by the Ohio School Boards Association finds that 81 of 110 school issues on Tuesday's ballots passed in the state.

The group's executive director says 51 of 53 existing school taxes were renewed, while 30 of 57 new levies were passed.

Rick Lewis attributes Tuesday's high success rate to school administrators demonstrating that they had made concessions and were trying to work under tough budget contraints.